Moody Street in Waltham is commonly referred to as "Restaurant Row," and for good reason, as this stretch of road between Main Street and the Newton border has countless high-end, mid-level, and cheap eats spots including some of the highest-rated eateries in the entire Boston area. Once Moody Street crosses into Newton, however, and becomes Lexington Street, the road goes from commercial to residential and the number of dining options drops precipitously. This is not to say that folks looking for food should turn around at the Newton line, however, as one very good (and fairly new) option awaits about two blocks in from Waltham, and for those who like authentic Italian food at reasonable prices, DePasquale's At Night Caps Corner is about as good as it gets.
Located on a busy corner not too far from the center of Auburndale, DePasquale's is housed in a rather interesting space that has a bit of everything. A counter area with display cases and, behind it, an open kitchen area dominates the space, while in front of the ordering counter is a dining counter (with several chairs) whose windows completely open up to create an almost-garage-like space during the warmer months. Beyond the main room is a small, cozy nook that acts as a dining room and includes a few tables, while out front from the dining counter and windowed space is an outdoor patio that gives some additional capacity to the eatery.
In a way, DePasquale's is a restaurant that has the feel of a deli or perhaps an Italian market, and its menu reflect this, with salads, sandwiches and subs making up a large part of their business, along with grill items and pasta dishes. A good place to start here is probably the Italian sausage, since this is the same family behind the beloved DePasquale's Sausage Company in Nonantum, and three of the offerings at that little market--sweet, hot, and Chinese--are offered here. The sweet sausage is especially good--easily ranking among the best in the Greater Boston area--and getting it on a soft roll with peppers and onions at the restaurant is a must for those who like this kind of sausage. Other highlights at DePasquale's include a Caesar salad that is big enough for two (or three) and comes with parmesan chips and house-made dressing; a hot Italian sub with a perfect mix of hot salami, pepperoni, hot capicola, banana peppers, provolone, tomatoes, lettuce, and onions, all on a soft roll; a plate of firm house-made meatballs that come with a rich red sauce and a bit of romano cheese; huge slabs of thick Sicilian pizza with slightly sweet sauce and lots of golden-brown cheese; an outstanding lasagna that swims in red sauce and sadly is only available as a special as of this writing; freshly-made ravioli in the same marinara sauce; and arancini that can be ordered individually. Desserts include some marvelous house-made cookies (oatmeal raisin, chocolate chip, peanut butter cup) and cannoli that are filled when they are ordered. Breakfast is also available at DePasquale's, with such items as sausaga frittata sandwiches, bagels, eggs with home fries and bacon, and omelets offered.
Newton has its fair share of great restaurants hidden in residential neighborhoods, and DePasquale's At Night Caps Corner is certainly one of them, even though it is within walking distance of one of the region's great stretches of road for dining out. Lovers of Italian restaurants, Italian markets, and Italian delis will probably find this place to be of great interest, and because it is very close to the Mass. Pike, folks who live in Boston (and have cars) can get here almost as easily as those who live in the Newton/Waltham area, making DePasquale's a local favorite that has the potential to become a household name once the word starts to get out about it.
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